Just 14 months after opening the Fitness Studio in Longridge, coach Leah Townsend can look back with delight at the achievements of her instructors and members.
Formerly well known as a member of the team at Kingfisher Gym, which closed in March, 2013, Leah decided to start her own business.
She and her four instructors, all qualified and with between five and 10 years experience, have seen the studio, in Berry Lane, go from strength to strength, becoming more popular with its mix of ages and abilities.
“We pride ourselves on having a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, making people feel comfortable and being up to date with the latest fitness trends in our classes and personal training, helping people to reach their goals,” said Leah.
Classes include spin, metafit, zumba, circuits and bodytone. Plus there is personal training available for all ages and levels of fitness, with one instructor specialising in pre and post-natal fitness.
Twenty-one members showed off studio success in a Total Warrior event, a 10k run with 30 obstacles on Shap Fell in the Lake District. Participants had to go through fire and water and jump in a skip of ice cubes, all while covered in mud.
“Some of the team included people who up until we opened had never been into exercise,” said Leah.
“One was 45 years old and has lost six stone, but until a couple of months ago had never run in his life.”
All the team members finished in times of between 1 hour and 30 minutes and 2 hours 35 minutes.
Fitness Studio gained sponsorship from local businesses and was able to buy T-shirts, energy drinks, food and more for the event. Leah said special thanks was due to Tina and John, of Tina’s Corner Bakery, for organising sponsorship.
Individuals also had their own sponsors for their chosen charities, with Total Warrior mainly supporting Help for Heroes.